Norah shuns DRM

[intro]Playdough-faced jazz ferret Jamie Cullum’s female equivalent, Norah Jones, has just taken a small step for online music, and a giant leap into

Playdough-faced jazz ferret Jamie Cullum’s female equivalent, Norah Jones, has just taken a small step for online music, and a giant leap into my good books.

Pushing aside her Mum-friendly, MOR jazz, I’ve just read on Digital Music News that her latest single – released through EMI imprint Blue Note records – will be made available as a DRM-free MP3 from Yahoo Music.

It’s not the first time a major has ventured into the unrestricted MP3 waters. Epic Records released a Jessica Simpson (pictured, if only to get your attention) single minus DRM back in July, also via Yahoo Music.

This temporary dumping of DRM pretty much endorses eMusic’s approach to selling music – and quite rightly so. The independent label download site has sold approximately 100 million downloads since its launch three years ago. A large portion of them to me.

You never know, if Norah’s latest is a success, we might just see an end to the Draconian restrictions placed on our legitimately bought and paid for tunes. You could even buy the single yourself to show your support. Go on, take one for the team.

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